Liberia calls for early compliant fuel availability reporting

Sep 28 2018

Liberia has submitted a paper to the forthcoming IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) calling for early reporting on the availability of fuel oil that is compliant with the new 0.5 fuel oil sulfur limit.

This should be actioned well in advance of 1st January, 2020, the effective date the new fuel oil must be used on board ships, the registry stressed.

David Pascoe, senior vice president, maritime operations and standards, Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said, “Shipowners and operators hold a disproportionate responsibility in meeting the challenges associated with implementation of the 0.5% m/m global fuel oil sulfur limit and should not need to guess where or whether compliant fuel will be available.

“Smooth and effective implementation requires co-operation and compliance by all stakeholders, including states and fuel oil suppliers. It is critical that states carry out their responsibilities under MARPOL and SOLAS to promote the availability of fuel oils that are safe and which comply with the new sulfur limit, and report availability in their ports and terminals to IMO.

“IMO has established the means for states to effectively report through IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS).

“We are therefore urging IMO to issue a resolution or circular calling on states to report the availability of compliant fuel oil well in advance of 1st January, 2020 to help shipowners and operators meet their responsibilities and to gain experience on the carriage and use of the new fuels on their ships, to test implementation plans, and to assist in a smooth and effective transition to the new regulatory requirements.

“Liberia’s submission to MEPC comes after its co-sponsorship, together with major flags and industry organisations, of an IMO paper proposing the establishment of an Experience Building Phase (EBP) to help address the safety implications and other challenges associated with 2020-compliant fuels.

“Contrary to some inaccurate media reports, the paper proposing the EBP is not intended to delay the 1st January, 2020 compliance date. That date has been agreed previously and supported by Liberia,” he concluded.


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